There’s plenty of information out there which is simply false on the topic of web design. I’ve taken the liberty of debunking the most common myths:
1. Web Designer Equals Graphic Designer
As a matter of a fact, the two don’t have much in common. Creating the graphics and integrating them on a website are two completely different things.
2. Free Site Saves You Money
It also “saves” you the opportunity to create an engaging, customisable design which would be personalised to your brand
3. Web Developer Equals Web Designer
Most of the web developers nowadays can do both, however the jobs are quite different. The designer enhances and crafts the visuals, while the developer builds them.
4. Mobile Versions Don’t Matter
As a matter of a fact, the mobile versions of a website are much more important nowadays as most visitors use mobile devices.
5. Animation Equals Engagement
Too many animations could make the website slow and bring an unpleasant experience to the end customer, be careful with the web design.
6. Widgets Improve The Website
It’s true as long as you don’t stuff your website with them. It’s pointless to implement features that don’t hold value.
7. Looks Are the Most Important Feature of a Website
Simply untrue, the content matters much more than the looks. Obviously efforts should be spent on the latter.
8. Internal Links Are Useless
They actually improve the end-user experience.
9. Start SEO After The Site is Done
It’s much better to start it as the site is being built.
10. SEO is About Ranking
Your ranking doesn’t matter if you’re not converting any of the traffic.
11. Affordable Web Design is Cheap Web Design
Cheap web design lacks quality, while affordable web designs mean to optimally produce a product with a specific budget.
12. Responsiveness is Overrated
The fact is, your website MUST be responsive, or you will lose traffic.
13. It Takes Longer to Implement Responsive Design
Again, simply untrue, it does take longer, but not that much to make it a real concern.
14. Flash Rocks
Most websites are staying away from Flash as the technology cannot be read by search engines for example.
15. Stocks Photos Are Basically Unique Images
Your own images would present a unique picture of your brand, while stock photos could be bought by anyone.
16. The Homepage Is the Most Important Page
It might be the most visited one indeed; however you should spend just as many efforts on other pages as well.
17. White Space Should Be Filled
No, it creates a simple look on the website and makes it much more “accessible” to a person’s brain. White spaces are a must.
18. The More Features the Better
Sometimes having too many options is simply confusing, nothing more.
19. Testing on Many Devices is a Must
There’re about a hundred brands with different mobile devices. Imagine the amount of effort needed to test on all of them.
20. Typography Doesn’t Matter
A website should be completely decipherable, in order for the responsive design to work as intended.